Synthesis, structure, and catalytic applications for ortho - And meta -carboranyl based NBN pincer-Pd complexes

Min Ying Tsang, Clara Viñas, Francesc Teixidor, José Giner Planas, Nerea Conde, Raul Sanmartin, María Teresa Herrero, Esther Domínguez, Agustí Lledós, Pietro Vidossich, Duane Choquesillo-Lazarte

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o- and m-Carborane-based NBN pincer palladium complexes (oCB-L1)Pd, (oCB-L2)Pd, and (mCB-L1)Pd are synthesized in two steps from commercially available starting materials. The pincer complexes were prepared by the reaction of bis-[R(hydroxy)methyl]-1,2-dicarba-closo-dodecaborane (R = 2-pyridyl oCB-L1, 6-methyl-2-pyridyl oCB-L2) or bis-[2-pyridyl (hydroxy)methyl]-1,2-dicarba-meta- dodecaborane (mCB-L1) with [PdCl2(MeCN)2] under mild conditions. The X-ray structure determination of all carboranyl pincer complexes shows unambiguously B-H activation of the carborane cages. The results agree with the Pd-B bonds in all complexes exhibiting strong σ-electron donation. Theoretical calculations reveal the importance of considering the solid state intermolecular hydrogen bonding when investigating the trans influence in organometallic chemistry. A localized orbitals approach has also been applied to analyze the metal oxidation state in the carboranyl pincer complexes. Catalytic applications of (oCB-L1)Pd and (mCB-L1)Pd have shown the complexes are good catalyst precursors in Suzuki coupling in water and with very low amounts of catalyst loadings. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9284-9295
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2014


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